White-Collar Crime

    Special Fraud Alert Released by OIG Following Nationwide Arrest of Dozens Accused in Telehealth Scams July 25, 2022, 2:44 PM
    On July 20, 2022, the Department of Justice announced charges against 36 criminal defendants across 13 different federal districts for healthcare fraud violations resulting in Government losses in excess of $1.2 billion.
    Drug Tax (Part II): Offers in Compromise to Resolve Unauthorized Substance Tax Assessments July 13, 2022, 8:00 AM
    Unauthorized substance taxes are levied by the State in response to drug trafficking crimes prosecuted in either state or federal court. These “drug taxes” are assessed according to the type and weight of controlled substances seized and can often amount to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, interest, penalties, and fees.
    Just in Time: North Carolina Re-Legalizes Hemp June 30, 2022, 9:00 AM
    The North Carolina hemp industry is breathing a collective sigh of relief today.
    Is North Carolina Hemp in Danger of Re-Criminalization? June 24, 2022, 9:00 AM
    As most are likely aware, the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp and hemp-derived products, also modified the federal Controlled Substances Act removing hemp-based tetrahydrocannabinols from the list of controlled substances.
    Department of Justice Updates Criminal Enforcement Policy for CFAA Violations in Response to Van Buren                                                                                      June 16, 2022, 8:00 AM
    In 2021 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Van Buren v. United States, which reined in the criminalization of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”) – a federal statute imposing criminal and civil penalties for certain types of computer lacking. Last month the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) updated the Justice Manual pertaining to prosecution of alleged CFAA violations.
    Justice Department Details Prioritization of Corporate Crime Prosecution March 04, 2022, 9:00 AM
    On March 3, 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed the American Bar Association’s Institute on White Collar Crime by announcing that the “prosecution of corporate crime is a Justice Department priority.”
    Making Sense of the DOJ Cyber-Fraud Initiative and What it Means For Defense Contractor Compliance December 29, 2021, 9:00 AM
    The Department of Justice recently announced the launch of a Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, which has direct implications for government contractors and serves as a warning that slack cybersecurity practices will be a target of Government enforcement action.
    South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Takes Aim at Delta-8 THC October 13, 2021, 9:00 AM
    Last week, the South Carolina Office of Attorney General released an opinion concluding that products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC) are illegal controlled substances.
    North Carolina Industrial Commission Penalty Assessment Orders: Common Civil and Criminal FAQs September 21, 2021, 9:00 AM
    Since approximately 2014, the North Carolina Industrial Commission has doggedly pursued businesses without workers' compensation insurance in violation of NCGS § 97-94.